Light Tunnel #13707
I love fall foliage and had to get closer when I saw these sugar maple trees lit in brilliant yellow leaves on a distant hill. That’s when I discovered the railroad tracks beneath them in this deep cut through the hill which drew out a long and strong dramatic perspective to the distance, one that pulls you through. This was was a great opportunity to make a compelling image with the tracks and trees…the work of nature and man combined onto one. I stood on the highway bridge and shot this frame. The sugar maples are very old and nearly grown together at the top to make this beautiful organic tunnel of dazzling yellow leaves. That area has been long known for maple sugar production and this town even has a yearly festival to celebrate it: http://www.pamaplefestival.com/
The location of this landscape is Meyersdale, PA, and the railroad tracks are CSX. These tracks were originally part of one of the first railroads in the United States, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. On this day I visited, a rack train full of brand new cars came through eastbound under my feet while standing on the bridge…quite a different cargo than those 1830’s days and the B&O beginnings.
Location: Meyersdale, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Picture and story ©Andrew Dierks
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